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How To Speed Up In DaVinci Resolve

How To Speed Up In DaVinci Resolve

If you want to add a really cool effect to your videos, then you may want to know how to speed up in DaVinci Resolve.

The method is quite simple, and after you have your footage in place, there are only a few buttons you need to press.

Let’s go ahead and look at the easiest method you can use in order to speed up footage with this DaVinci Resolve tutorial.

It’s super simple to speed up a clip in DaVinci Resolve. Just go to the “Edit” tab, right click on your footage, click on “Change Clip Speed“. Choose the speed you want and that’s it!

1. Add Your Media

From the “Media” screen, you can search for the location of your footage and then import it. Additionally, you can click “Ctrl+I” on your keyboard, that will open the “Import” screen, and you will be able to select your desired video.

How To Speed Up In DaVinci Resolve

2. Create Your Timeline

In order to start working on your footage, you need to create the timeline. You can do that by going into the “Cut” tab, and drag and drop your footage to the timeline. You may also get a prompt asking if you want to change the timeline settings to match the video settings.

How To Speed Up In DaVinci Resolve

3. Move To The Edit Tab

In the “Edit” tab you can change pretty much everything about your video, so that’s where you want to be. Just click on the “Edit” tab at the bottom of the screen.

4. Change The Speed Of The Video

In the “Edit” tab, you can simply right-click on your footage and select the “Change Clip Speed” option. In the next prompt, you will be able to change the speed, the number of frames and duration.

You need to keep in mind at this point, that not all videos can be sped up, and you need to have a relatively high number of frames in order to have a smooth and fast video.

If, for example, I speed up this video by 200%, the number of frames will jump to 60, and the duration will drop to about 14 seconds. The video I’m using was shot at 30fps, so the situation is not ideal.

In general, it’s best to have a video recorded at high framerate if you want to speed it up. This way, you can avoid duplicated or missing frames, and your final video will be as smooth as possible.

If you also want to change the duration of your footage after you applied all the settings, you can right-click again on your timeline and select “Change Clip Duration” or click “Ctrl+D” on your keyboard. That will allow you to only change the duration without affecting the framerate or speed, and it can be very useful if you just need a video that’s one second shorter.

But these are the basics, and now you know how to speed up in DaVinci Resolve. It’s definitely not hard, and in time, you will get to figure out exactly how your footage needs to be for the best results. 

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